The Lepers’ Prayer- Luke 17.12-13

As He entered into a certain village, there met Him ten men who were lepers who stood afar off; and they lifted up their voices and said, “Jesus, Teacher, have mercy on us!”- Luke 17:12-13

Jesus heals ten lepers

The Lord met ten lepers while on His way into a certain village. In Jewish culture, they consider leprosy as God’s punishment for a particular sin. Therefore, more than any other disease, it is a mark of God’s displeasure. In Leviticus 13:45, a person who had leprosy must wear torn clothes, must not fix his hair and must put a cover on the lower part of his face and cry out “Unclean! Unclean!” As long as he had the disease, he must live alone outside the camp. You could just imagine the stigma against those men. God knew how these people were suffering and so Christ, who came to take away sin, and turn away wrath, took particular care to clean the lepers that fell on his way.

Observe: [1] They have kept a distance from the Lord but they lifted their voice to Him. They have been too embarrassed to come near the Lord because of their disease but still, they have cried out to Him with boldness. Allegorically, sin has covered us with spiritual leprosy that we are so ashamed to approach the Lord. We, too, have been impure and like the ten lepers, we can cry unto the Lord with the confidence that He will clean us. The lepers’ prayer is a symbol of humility, boldness and trust. God is holy and we in our state of humanity are impure. While we keep a humble spirit, we can confidently approach His throne of grace and mercy.

[2] They called Him Teacher. It seemed that, they had heard the Lord teach and preach the gospel. They were ready to hear what He would say and they would be ready to follow.

[3] The lepers asked for mercy. They could have had asked directly for healing but they did not. They cried for the Lord’s mercy. It was a cry of faith. Perhaps, they could no longer enumerate the hardships they were going through but they trusted God. They knew that the Lord’s mercy never fails.

Sometimes, in the immensity of our problems, we no longer know what we need and how to ask for it. However, we know that when the Lord’s mercy begins to work in our lives, we could get more than what we could expect.

to be continued…

Turning Back- Luke 17:11-19

“And one of them when he saw that he was healed turned back and with a loud voice glorified God and fell down on his face at His (Jesus) feet, giving Him thanks.” –Luke 17:15-16 -KJV2000

Leprosy

I have entitled this reflection “TURNING BACK” which I have taken from Luke 17:11-19. It is particularly about the ten lepers whom the Lord has healed of their leprosy. Have you ever seen a leper? Actually, there are several types of leprosy. Some only has white spots on their skin; some has what look like tiger stripes. The one in the picture seems to be the worst type. I am showing this picture so that somehow we can get a little impression about what those ten lepers were suffering from. The literal message of this account is very simple. It is about the power of God to heal all manners of sickness and disease, and a man’s expression of deep gratitude. However, I would like to focus on the allegorical significance of the account. I have chopped it into five short points:

1. THE LEPERS’ PRAYER -As He entered into a certain village, there met Him ten men who were lepers who stood afar off; and they lifted up their voices and said, “Jesus, Teacher, have mercy on us!”- Luke 17:12-13

2. THE LORD’S ANSWER -And when He saw them, He said unto them, “Go, show yourselves to the priests.” And it came to pass that, as they went, they were cleansed. –Luke 17:14

3. THE GRATITUDE OF A SAMARITAN -And one of them, when he saw that he was healed turned back, and with a loud voice glorified God, and fell down on his face at His feet, giving Him thanks; and he was a Samaritan” –Luke 17:15-16.

4. WHERE ARE THE NINE? -And Jesus answering said, “Were there not ten cleansed? But where are the nine? There was not found one that returned to give glory to God, except this stranger” –Luke 17:17-18.

5. THE FAITH THAT HEALS -And He said unto him, “Arise, go your way; your faith had made you whole” – Luke 17:19.

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